IPv6 Ignorance

Blake Dunlap ikiris at gmail.com
Mon Sep 17 15:14:11 UTC 2012


On Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 9:55 AM, Adrian Bool <aid at logic.org.uk> wrote:

>
> I don't really agree with the "IPv6 think" concept - but let's put that
> aside for now...
>
> The default allocation size from an RIR* to an LIR is a /32.  For an LIR
> providing /48 site allocations to their customers, they therefore have
> 16-bits of address space available to them to address their customers.
>
> So, even in "IPv6 think", homes that typically have one subnet have an
> equal number of bits to address their single subnet as an LIR has to
> address all of their customers.
>
> It seems illogical to me that we've got an 128-bit address space,
> featuring numbers far larger than any human can comprehend, yet the default
> allocation to an LIR allows them to address such a feeble number as 65,536
> customers - a number far smaller than the number of customers for medium to
> large ISPs.
>
> The default LIR allocation should be a several orders of magnitude greater
> than the typical customer base  - not a smaller default allocation.
>
> Regards,
>
> Adrian
>
>
>
> * At least for RIPE.
>

Note you say default, as in beginning point, not maximum.

-Blake


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